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As much as we have enjoyed our summer, I have to admit that we are all getting pretty excited about going back to school here at Casa Fishbowl. The girls are looking forward to seeing their friends and I am looking forward to my old routines again. I am happy to say that one of […]

terra20 is a Fishbowl patron but my opinions and love of sustainably-made and planet-friendly products are my own! I have some good news for fans of terra20 AND for the folks who may not have had the time to discover them yet. They just opened a brand new location at the Rideau Centre, right across […]

15 Jun, 2016

A chat with Gregory Dixon of OMS

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

As some of you know, OMS Montessori is a blog patron and as such they invited me to visit The Element, the Montessori high school at Lansdowne Park, to meet Gregory Dixon, the new OMS director. I really enjoyed my last visit to The Element, honestly, it was so inspiring to hear about their approach […]

Although the temperatures haven’t indicated that Spring is on its way, the sun sure has. The days are longer and brighter and all of this sunshine is making me happy. And also, a little squirrely. Suddenly I have the urge to reorganize the freezer, air out the pillows, and generally give everything A Good Deep […]

This is the time of year that many Ottawa parents start to think ahead to school enrollment for their kids. September seems very far away, but in terms of school planning, it isn’t. Choosing a school is a big consideration and I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. I asked Derek Rhodenizer, Assistant […]


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  • Laura Foster: I would love to get my eldest the Thinksport 500ml insulated food container with spork in white! She loves taking home cooked meals in the fall and wi
  • Amanda: I love the planet box rover! Would be a great addition to our attempt at litter -less lunches!
  • Jessica J: I'd love a patterned reusable snack bag and a Bentology Bento Box for packing lunches in!
  • Rachel: The green bento box looks great!!:)
  • Joanne stober: Love Planetbox from terre20 and after looking high and low and even on planetbox website, bar far the best prices was at my local store. Happily bough
  • Astrid Johnson: My favorite litterless lunch product are the Bentobox containers and the SoYoung lunch bags! Astrid
  • Elizabeth: The Thinksport insulated water bottle would be my pick to try; my girls really prefer cooler water, and will drink more if the water isn't tepid.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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